Out of Necessity: Families Struggling to Cope | 2nd Annual Documentary Series

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2nd Annual Documentary Series

Out of Necessity: Families Struggling to Cope

Sundays, 2 PM, Jones Auditorium in the Noble Center Business School
NW 23rd and Blackwelder Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73106
A discussion session follows each film for those who wish to stay
Free Admission, Donations Appreciated
Director: Dr. Harbour Winn, hwinn@okcu.edu
For More Information, Call (405) 208-5472


April 2, 2000, Jones Auditorium, 2 PM

Macky Alston’s Family Name, USA (1997), 89 min

A remarkable personal/historical whodunit, Family Name tells a story that could have been written by Faulkner. It coils back through the secrets of the South to find if there is a connection between two large families with the uncommon name of Alston. One family is white, the other black. As the film opens, both are having their family reunions, only a week and a few miles apart, in North Carolina. Neither family knows about the other reunion. It begins by seeking the secrets of a family, and the secrets it discovers cause us to question the very definition of a family. If blood is thicker than water, then perhaps love is thicker than even blood. It won the Freedom of Expression Award at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival, the 1997 Gotham Open Palm Award in New York the Best First Feature, the Silver Apple from the National Education Media Network, and other awards around the world.

April 16, 2000, Jones Auditorium, 2 PM

Samira Makhmalbaf’s The Apple, Iran (1998), 85 min

Fiction and documentary mingle in this wonderful tale of discovery based on the real experiences of two Iranian girls who were locked up at home all their lives, away from the world, for 12 years by their parents to protect them from dishonor. The film is based on real events in Tehran in 1997 and reenacted by the actual participants. This tart social comedy is a remarkable debut for the 17-year-old director, the daughter of the celebrated Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf. The captive girls are not sentimentalized victims but resilient youngsters radiating an irresistibly goofy charm as they lurch out to explore a wondrous new world. Shown in 1998 film festivals in Cannes, Toronto, New York, and Telluride.

April 30, 2000, Jones Auditorium, 2 PM

Barbara Sonneborn’s Regret to Inform, USA (1999), 72 min

Emotional and powerful, this film shares the story of the Vietnam war as experienced by the women who lived through it and the widows of the men who died there. Director Sonneborn, whose first husband died in combat when she was 24, traveled to Vietnam to meet with the women on the other side of the conflict and found a common haunting bond with the American women she had spoken with. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and winner of Best Director at Sundance, Regret to Inform is the first film to examine the long-term effects of war from the perspective of women, both Vietnamese and American, who lost their husbands during the Vietnam War. Like a beautifully made poem, a cello piece, about grief, survival, and the transformation to healing. Combining archival footage and present day views of Vietnam, Sonneborn creates a beautiful and powerful memorial to women and truth. It has won awards at many film festivals, including the “Nester Almendros Award” at the Human Rights Watch Festival and the “Golden Spire Award” at the San Francisco Film Festival.


Admission to the film series is free, but donations help sustain the Institute’s mission. Donations can be made at each film or mailed to the OCU Film Institute Endowment at Oklahoma City University or the OCU Film Institute’s Designated Endowment in the Community Foundation of the Kirkpatrick Family Fund. Oklahoma City University and the Thatcher Hoffman Smith Endowment Fund for the university’s Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film and Literature also support the Institute.